June 6, 2015

Luke 14_14

Luke 14:12-24

In our reading from Luke 24 we learn an important lesson: Nothing is to come before accepting God’s invitation to his kingdom. In responding to a man who stated: “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the Kingdom of God” Jesus told the parable of a man who invited many people to a banquet. When the food was ready servants were sent to tell those invited to come. All of them made excuses, which is unusual.

When planning our daughters’ wedding receptions we were advised to plan food for half the number of guests invited. The man in the parable did not get that many to come. Rather than let the food spoil he ordered his servants to go out and invite the poor and infirmed. With seating still available the servants went back out and compelled people to attend. This story was scandalous to Jesus’ hearers. Back then no wealthy person would ever invite the poor to a banquet. Jesus startled his hearers saying that God’s Kingdom is especially for the poor. As servants of Jesus today, may we be reminded that we are not to be selective about whom we invite to come to God’s heavenly banquet.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill us with your Spirit to go out and through the Gospel invite all people to attend your heavenly banquet; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to June 6, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    As Kristieand I serve in the mission field, we see the poor, the lame the blind. We serve them. This is what the church, by this scripture, is supposed to do today. If we do not accept them, who will? Homosexuality is very open in the Philippines. They are still not accepted, but instead they are mocked. We invite them in and love on them, this is the only way to reach them.

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